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Canoeing trips utilize canoes for two people to paddle, generally down a river. We mostly offer day trips on Class I rivers. These are easy-flowing rivers. Occasionally, we offer a whitewater canoe trip, to a Class II – III river. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-14 people, and require no previous experience, except that you must know how to swim.  Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in canoeing. Canoeing equipment, complete with canoes, paddles, and life jackets, is included in the trip price.

Upcoming Trips

SEPT. 14 (Sunday)
River Clean-Up via Canoeing
Harpeth River S.P., TN
Cost:  Free! 

Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 5

>> Come to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 9/9 at 6:00 pm

We have cleaned this river before, so maybe it will show!  This will be a 5-mile canoe trip, except the emphasis will be on picking up the trash from the Harpeth River.  Equipment, transportation, clean-up supplies, and lunch are provided.  Beginners are welcome.   (Note:  this is during the VU Family Weekend.)  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 5 pm.

SEPT. 28   (Sunday)
Hiwassee River, TN
Cost:  $60

Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 19
>Bring $45 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 9/23 at 5:00 pm


Beat the heat by joining the Outdoor Rec. team for a day of exciting rapid running on the Hiwassee, a state scenic river.  The 5.5 mile stretch of the Hiwassee is a fantastic introduction to WW Canoeing and offers a number of Class I – II+ rapids to test your paddling prowess.  Participants must be able to swim and canoeing experience is not required.  Estimated trip duration:  6 am – 10 pm.

OCT. 16-19  (Thurs. – Sun.)
Green River, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
Cost:  $140
Sign-up by:  Friday, Oct. 3
>Bring $60 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5:00 pm

Although this National Park is known for its caves, it actually has a great river for canoe-camping.  The Green River is a fairly deep river with beautiful tree covered hills surrounding it.  We plan on going on a cave tour and car camping, before beginning an 18.5 mile, 3-day, 2-night canoe-camping trip. Highlights will include the fall colors and checking out a few small caves along the way.  We also plan to camp on islands each night.  Beginners are welcome.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am Thurs. – 5 pm Sun.


NOV. 1  (Saturday)
Green River, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
Cost= $39

Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 24
> Bring $17 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 10/28 at 5:00 pm.

The Green River floats right through Mammoth Cave National Park!  We will canoe a 6.5 mile stretch of the deep river (great for beginners).  The scenic river is surrounded by wooded hills and some exposed bluffs and caves.  The fall colors should be impressive.  Estimated trip duration:  7 am – 8 pm.


Trip Information

Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12), and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.